Brooklyn Center School Board members say they're excited about the six finalists vying to becoming the district's next superintendent. The board restarted its search last fall after it felt candidates didn't' have enough experience in urban schools.
Brooklyn Center is trying to replace current Superintendent Keith Lester, who is retiring.
One of the main criteria Brooklyn Center is looking for in a candidate is a person who will help guide the district out of debt. Another is closing a large racial achievement gap.
"Minnesota's is the highest in the nation and ours isn't any better," said Brooklyn Center School Board Member Cheryl Jechorek. "We need someone with experience working with a diverse group of students, knows what works with various groups of students, and can come in and hit the ground running."
All of the six finalists are from the Twin Cities metro, except for one. They include assistant superintendents from Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools and Stillwater Area Public Schools.
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